Easter is drawing near, and I couldn’t resist one last DIY decor project before the holiday! Do you have some scrap wood lying around, begging to be upcycled? Today, I’m going to teach you how to make an easy wooden bunny from scrap wood.
Girl, get your woodworking tools out.
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Why Make a DIY Bunny on a Stand?
I’m so glad you asked! My inspiration came from an old Pottery Barn tablescape I saw online (see below).
While, that whitewashed bunny was a plump 3-D shape, I knew I could make a flatter version in a rustic, farmhouse style.
We first experimented with the farmhouse style when we made DIY farmhouse headboards for our little boys. I’m hoping to do more woodworking projects with my hubby this year, since I’ve discovered how fun it is! All I need now is a lady cave.
But I digress…let’s get back to the bunny!
The best part about this “bunny on a stand” is that you can repurpose it for future holidays. Simply pop off the bunny topper and insert a festive cut-out of your choice for holidays like the 4th of July, Halloween and Christmas.
If you don’t believe me, stick around, and I’ll show you later this year…
Wooden Bunny Supplies
I used pieces of cedar wood scraps for this project and a few other woodworking and paint supplies. You can also use pine, which is readily available at home improvement stores.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Bunny pattern — You can download my pattern in SVG or PNG format
- Scrap wood for base: 11 x 3.5 inches (30 cm x 9 cm)
- Scrap wood for bunny: 10 x 6 inches (25 cm x 15 cm)
- Wooden dowel
- Chalk paint and brushes
- Scroll saw (or coping saw) and drill
- Sand paper
This project could cost as little as $5-10 depending on the supplies and equipment you already have on hand. Big bang for the buck, if you ask me!
Note: Another option is to decoupage your wooden bunny instead of painting it. I have a full tutorial on how to decoupage on wood, if you decide to go that route.
How to Make a Wooden Bunny on a Stand
This project is super easy to make. The hardest part is finding the image you want to cut, which I’ve already done for you. You can easily make the entire piece in a few hours, from start to finish.
Step 1: Download and print/cut bunny pattern
I’ve provided bunny patterns you can download in either SVG or PNG format.
Option 1 (SVG)
Option 2 (PNG)
If you don’t own a Cameo or Cricut, you can always download the PNG version of the pattern. You’ll want to resize the image in a word processing or photo editing program to fit the dimensions of your wood. (I sometimes use Word or PowerPoint.)
Then, simply print and cut the shape with scissors.
Step 2: Trace or tape the pattern onto wood
Before applying your pattern to the wood, you may find you need to smooth the surface using sand paper.
One side of my scrap wood was definitely rougher than the other. I physically taped my Easter bunny pattern to the roughest side so that the smoother side could glide evenly across the scroll saw.
Step 3: Use scroll saw or coping saw to cut bunny pattern out of wood
If you plan to use a scroll saw, you may need to make several “relief cuts” with straight lines perpendicular to the curves. This allows you to gradually work your way around the curves of the bunny. If you try moving the wood backward or to the side, sometimes you risk breaking the blade. (I speak from experience!)
I used a scroll saw that belonged to my late mother-in-law. If you’re new to woodworking, you’ll see there are many options for scroll saws, some quite affordable. (Click below to shop.)
I recommend getting this book to learn about the countless projects you could do with a scroll saw! I get excited thinking about it.
If you don’t have the space or budget for a scroll saw, you can always cut your wood by hand using a coping saw. These are super cheap! I plan to use one for future projects and will report back on how it goes.
Step 4: Drill holes and cut dowel to size
After cutting your wooden bunny silhouette, you’ll want to drill a hole in both your base and the underside of the bunny. Make sure your drill bit roughly matches the size of your wooden dowel. Ours was about 3/8 inch (1 cm).
Finally, cut your dowel down to size until you’re satisfied with the height of your wooden bunny.
My final bunny measured 13 inches (33 cm) from the bottom of the base to the top of the bunny’s ears. I think it looks so pretty even without any makeup on!
Step 5: Paint bunny, dowel and base as desired
I chose a soft white chalk paint for my bunny stand. When I applied the paint, I used rough strokes to leave some of the natural wood exposed.
I really dig the rustic effect I got with this method. Now that I look at it, I might go back and sand the edges even more.
Displaying Your Wooden Bunny
You can take your little bunny anywhere! I love how lightweight and portable this little fella is. I took a few photos of him on my Easter tablescape, but I might let him roam my kitchen and living room, too.
Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to try a project like this at home, especially if you have some scrap wood and basic woodworking tools. I can’t wait to get started on my next holiday topper for this stand!
Any ideas? Send them my way!